FreeBSD 7.0 and VMware tools (was Re: FreeBSD 7RC2 and VMware tools)

Uwe Laverenz uwe at
Thu Mar 6 12:18:57 UTC 2008

On Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 02:44:12PM +0100, Ivan Voras wrote:

> - The only thing that VMWare tools are useful (on FreeBSD) is to get GUI
> features like clipboard sharing and automatic mouse focus grab in X.Org.

You're right, normally you don't need vmware-tools for running FreeBSD as
a guest, but: if your host is an ESX server, you need vmmemctl and the
vmware-guestd for the live­migration of your virtual machine from one ESX
host to another. 

A while ago, VMware decided to release vmware-tools as open source,
maybe someone wants to take a look at it:

> VMWare tools on Linux seem to include a driver that does something with
> memory management, but it's not available for FreeBSD. You don't need

It is available, it's included in VMware server and also in
open-vm-tools (see link above).


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